Let's Not Communalise History
The series of articles by Maqbool Ahmed Siraj is enlightening. It is indeed necessary that Hindus and Muslim refrain from looking at history from communal angle. The following is an extract from Indian Inheritance, Vol. III, Arts, History and Culture, published by Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay and edited by K. M. Munshi and R. R. Diwakar.
Hindus and Muslims follow different religions and their social life mainly derives sanction from them. Some of the religious rites and customs, which each community follows, to all outward appearance are irreconcilable. But in some of the most fundamental things, the differences between the two communities are no greater than they are among the followers of a faith going under one comprehensive name, and who admittedly live peacefully as members of one nation.
“In actual practice…Muslim kings endowed temples and ‘mathas’ and granted ‘jagirs’ to pious Hindu subjects…students of history of South India…come across numerous instances of such grants made to Brahmans by Adil Shahi, Kutub Shahi, and Asaf Shahi Dynasties…. Likewise even Maratha rulers made such endowments even after their strife with the Delhi Emperors”. (Atulananda Chakravarthy, in his book “Call it politics” pp.44)”.